Knorr-Bremse to equip Sapsan high-speed trains

Velaro RUS trainsKnorr-Bremse and Siemens Mobility signed a contract to supply the needed equipment for high-speed Velaro RUS trains running on Russian railway network.

Starting Q4 of 2020, Knorr-Bremse will deliver the braking, entrance and HVAC systems for the 13 ten-car Sapsan trains. Under the contract, the company will also provide Siemens Mobility windscreen wipers and power electrics for these trains.

The equipment must meet particularly demanding requirements due to the extreme climatic conditions encountered within the region covered by the GOST technical standard, which encompasses Russia and some neighboring states. The systems to be supplied by Knorr-Bremse have been designed to operate reliably at temperatures down to -50°C.

With seating for 604 passengers and a top speed of 250 km/h, the Velaro RUS trains will complete the 650-km route between Moscow and St. Petersburg in around three hours 45 minutes.

Knorr-Bremse already supplied equipment to Siemens Mobility for 8 Sapsan trains in 2006 and a further 8 in 2011. The 13 new Velaro RUS trains will bring the total fleet size to 29.

In order to ensure a modern and fully functional fleet, all the Sapsan trains, including the 13 new vehicles, are covered by a 30-year maintenance contract with Siemens Mobility. Knorr-Bremse RailServices is contracted to carry out the maintenance work on the systems supplied by Knorr-Bremse.

“Through our involvement, we are helping to upgrade Russia’s infrastructure while at the same time strengthening our presence in a rail market with significant potential. We are delighted that Siemens Mobility has once again chosen Knorr-Bremse as its partner to supply equipment for the Sapsan high-speed trains,” said Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG.

In June 2019, Russian Railways signed a EUR 1.1 billion contract for the supply of 13 ten-car Velaro RUS trains, known as Sapsan trains.

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